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Ukraine Stops Releasing Vote Count


2 November 2004 -- Ukraine's Central Election Commission has stopped posting voting tallies from the 31 October presidential election on its website, raising questions about what happened to ballots from 5 percent of the country's voters.

The last results were posted yesterday when just over 94 percent of the ballots had been counted. Those results showed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych with some 40 percent of votes and his opponent Viktor Yushchenko with 39 percent.

Some Yushchenko supporters say the uncounted 5 percent of ballots were predominantly from pro-Yushchenko areas of the country.

A second round of elections between Yanukovych and Yushchenko is scheduled for 21 November.

Germany's Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer released a statement today echoing comments from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe that the election fell short of internationally accepted standards.

(AP/ITAR-TASS)
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